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2005 Winter and Spring Programs at the Montana Historical Society

Montana Historical Society
225 N. Roberts
Helena, MT. 59601
Join us for historical lectures, workshops, family activities, tours, and Pages in History, a monthly book discussion group. Unless otherwise noted, all of the programs are free, open to the public, and held 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts.

January 6: “Too Poor to Move: But Always Rich.� Jim Sargent, Helen Pedula, and Louie Strand recreate life on a dry-land Montana ranch from the 1910s through the 1950s. Book signing to follow.

January 13:  A Conversation with the Artists. Join Western Rendezvous of Art founders Bob Morgan and Newman Myrah for a conversation about their artwork and, if time permits, a short tour through the Society’s new exhibit, “Painting the Corps: Artistic Visions of Lewis and Clark.â€?

January 27: Pages in History, Readers Forum. Perma Red, by Debra Magpie Earling. Discussion facilitated by Helena High School English teacher Joe Anderson

February 3: Their Minds were Poisoned: Northwest Montana and the 1917 IWW Timber Strike. Historical Society Reference Historian Rich Aarstad describes the dramatic strike and its effects on Northwestern Montana.

February 10: Shep, Faithful Dog? Former Society Research Center Director Bob Clark talks about one of the most famous dogs in Montana.

February 17, 7:00 p.m.: “The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film.� Two-hour feature length movie, framing the epic story of the struggle to manage the nation’s resources, serves as a kick-off to the Forest Service Centennial Celebration. Myrna Loy Center, Helena

February 17, 6:30 p.m.: Montana Homeland.  Join us at the Montana Historical society for a tour of our Montana Homeland gallery.  Take a walk through history and learn about Montana from prehistoric times to WWII.

February 24: Pages in History, Readers Forum. Wide Open Town, by Myron Brinig.

March 3: Discovering Churchill: A Montana Family Remembered. Researcher Jennifer Jeffries Thompson recreates the history of the Churchill family through the items they left behind.

March 10: Photographic Treasures in the Montana Historical Society’s Collection.  Photograph Archives Supervisor Lory Morrow highlights notable photographs in the Society’s holdings and discusses the ways that historical images educate, enlighten, and entertain modern viewers.

March 16, 3:00 p.m.: Gallery of Outstanding Montanans Induction of Father Anthony Ravalli (1812-1884) and Dorothy M. Johnson (1905-1884). Capitol Rotunda

March 17: “Montana Justice.� MSU-Billings Professor Keith Edgerton describes the early days of the Montana State Penitentiary under a corrupt warden. Book signing to follow.

March 18, 7:00 p.m.: Gifford Pinchot. Re-enactor Gary Hines performs a one-act, one-person play in the character of the first chief of the Forest Service. Colonial Inn, Helena

March 24: The Saga of the Mandan: the REEL Story. Jennifer Bottomly O’Looney discusses a Montana state treasure, the keelboat Mandan, which was featured in the 1943 RKO movie The Big Sky.

March 31: Pages in History, Readers Forum. Counting Coup, by Larry Colton

April 7, 7:00 p.m.: Forest Service History Reflected through Political Cartoons. USDA Forest Service Historian Gerry Williams presents the history of the Forest Service through a unique and revealing lens. Myrna Loy Center, Helena

May 12, 7:00 p.m.: Evening in the Elkhorns. The program will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Elkhorn Forest Reserve with a Theodore Roosevelt re-enactor, lecture, and art show. Myrna Loy Center, Helena

March Lecture Series

The Friends of the Society annually sponsor the March Lecture Series as their primary fundraiser for the year.  Tickets are $5.00 per lecture or $25.00 for the series.  For more information, contact Delight Sullivan at 444-9553.  The Friends will be honoring Women’s History Month.

All lectures will be held Wednesdays at noon in the Society’s Boo Auditorium.  No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium.

March 2: Life as a First Lady. Betty Babcock, who served as Montana’s first lady from 1962 to 1969, will share stories from her time in the governor’s office.

March 9: Diane Sands will lead a discussion with a panel of prominent women from Montana regarding a Con-Con Conversation.

March 16: Dorothy M. Johnson.  Msu-Billings Professor Sue Hart will discuss the life and work of this noted Montana author, who will be inducted into the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony in the capitol Rotunda.

March 23: MSU- TBA.

March 30: Join Jodie Foley from the Montana Historical Society with “Reading Between the Lines. A sampling of women’s diaries, reminiscences, and oral histories in the Montana Historical Society Collection.

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